'We''re proud of our son'
PUBLISHED: 16:45 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:32 10 June 2010
THURSDAY, AUGUST 21: THE proud parents of two-time Olympic silver medallist Joe Glanfield couldn't believe their eyes when their son produced one of the great comebacks of the games. Bob and Bev Glanfield, of Raleigh Road, were on the edge of their seats when, after a poor st
THE proud parents of two-time Olympic silver medallist Joe Glanfield couldn't believe their eyes when their son produced one of the great comebacks of the games.Bob and Bev Glanfield, of Raleigh Road, were on the edge of their seats when, after a poor start by Joe and his skipper Nick Rogers, they had all but lost hope of a medal."I really thought it wasn't possible to turn it around. It seemed such a long way back and they had left it too late."Even the commentators were doubtful - then, in the last minute, they turned it around."The race, said Bob, was a reverse of Athens when they were ahead all the way, only to lose out to the US at the last minute because of a few bad wind shifts."They produced under such huge pressure and it showed a real strength of character and determination," he said. "To do what they did with more than 80 million people watching - with helicopters whizzing past and boats everywhere - was astounding."He attributed their success to an enduring decade-long partnership. "It's a real partnership," he said. "If one makes a mistake they never blame each other - it's just positive, positive." He also paid tribute to Exe Sailing Club. "What they have done for people like Stevie, Joe and Ben is amazing - they would not have got where they are today without them. "It's only a small club, but I have been around the world and people talk about Exe Sailing Club."l THE commodore of Exe Sailing Club, Symon Garratt, praised the club's 'unprecedented' three-man Olympic team. He said: "This is a fantastic achievement for Nick and Joe at the end of a very tough regatta. "Joe, who started sailing as a junior at Exe Sailing Club, has been a great inspiration to all our young sailors."He also praised the efforts of the club's other Olympians: "For the club to have had three sailors - Joe Glanfield, Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes - at the Olympics is unprecedented."We will be welcoming them home in style with a party at the club.